Less than 50 Days to PyeongChang Winter Olympics open the window of AOD

Write : 2017-12-24

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With the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics now less than 50 days away, all preparations for the games have now been completed.
Stadiums were constructed early on, with successful trial runs also held through Olympic test events.
Twelve arenas and the PyeongChang Olympic Plaza where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held were completed three months prior to the games' opening. Two athletes’ villages were also unveiled earlier this month, and the organizing committee is set to open the Media Center on January 9.
Most of the snow events will take place in PyeongChang and all ice events will be in Gangneung, while alpine skiing races will be held in Jeongseon.
A bullet train service connecting Seoul and Gangneung in Gangwon Province has also opened. Using this line, PyeongChang can be reached in just 90 minutes from Seoul's Cheongnyangni station.
Team Korea aims to win eight gold, four silver and eight bronze medals for a fourth-place finish, which is nine places higher than the previous Winter Olympics.
Korea's goal is to have 130 athletes compete in all seven events. As of Wednesday, 95 have secured their places in four events.
This means that Korea will certainly have more athletes competing at the home games than at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, when 71 Korean athletes competed in six events
Korea is expected to pick up the most medals in short track speed skating, with at least four golds predicted from Shim Suk-hee and Choi Min-jung.
The men's team is also determined to make up for their poor results at the Sochi Olympics where they failed to win a single medal. Team Korea is also hoping that it will finally win its first medals in the skeleton and bobsleigh events.
Overall, the prospects are bright for a successful PyeongChang Games.
As of Wednesday, 92 nations have expressed their intent to take part in the games, which is already more than the record 88 for the Sochi games.
Also, the heads of states or representatives of 43 countries have pledged to attend the Olympics. The number is expected to surpass the 45 national representatives who attended the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Brazil.
It's still unclear whether North Korea will participate in the event, but the regime typically decides on these matters close to opening day.
The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia's participation over the doping scandal but Russian athletes can still take part individually.

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